4-24-2017 Self-Praise Is No Praise

“Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread” (Proverbs 12:9 NKJV). A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV): “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#hypocrisy, #praise, #self-deceit

Impoverished souls see nothing of value in the Bible

Some people look at the Bible and stand amazed at “the wealth of [God’s] kindness, forbearance, and patience” Rm 2.4 NET. It’s a humbling experience, one that, as Paul says, ought to lead us to the change of repentance.

Other people look at the Bible and see a bunch of stories with no meaning. It speaks more of the poverty of their souls than about the content of Scripture.

Some days ago I ran across a website that listed a huge, huge number of the greatest literary sentences of all time. Not a single Bible verse was included. If you can’t find at least one great literary sentence in all of the Bible, not only is your soul impoverished, but your sense of literature as well. Continue reading

#bible-as-literature, #chiasmus, #corollaries, #doxology, #praise, #self-organization

Of what does praise consist?

Praise focuses on the person of God and his actions. It is not a listing of one’s blessings. Praise details the character of God and follows his plan of redemption through history. It describes his nature and worships his work and word. Praise is personal, but not restricted to self, for it recognizes the purpose of God for all peoples and especially for the body of Christ. Continue reading

#god, #praise, #worship

6-9-2015 Are You Double-Tongued?

Many people praise God and curse mankind with the same tongue. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10 NKJV). It is only because God, not Evolution, created us that humans should be treated with a dignity above animals. People who say, “Pets are humans, too” have elevated animals to having the image of God, and that is idolatry! They have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). Because baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16), it is not for animals!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#animals, #baptism, #curse, #dignity, #evolution, #pets, #praise

How to start a prayer

What a great way to start a prayer! Solomon starts with the only God who is faithful. Continue reading

#obedience, #praise, #prayer

Doctrine: SONGS

It is common for churches to sing songs of praise to the Almighty, and we can see the wisdom of this. These songs of praise are to not only be accurate in the substance of the words sung, but they are to be sung with the singular design of pleasing the Lord, and not ourselves. That is not to say that we can’t be pleased in our singing, or even by the sound of it, but if that is our focus, then are we singing to ourselves? Moreover, when the Lord’s people meet to worship, the Lord’s people (or church) are to sing, not some specific, or exclusive, choir/chorus. It is of note that most churches of Christ do not use a mechanical instrument of music; this is on purpose. The Lord does not directly prohibit an instrument in the New Testament, but neither did He sanction one. Thus, to use one in the context of the church’s worship is to presume on the Lord’s prerogative. Let us not lose sight of what is important: our heart in direct connection to the Lord through the songs of praise we sing.

#praise, #singing, #songs, #worship

Let us praise the Lord!

A selection of Scriptures of praise has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch, in text and audio. Continue reading

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